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The SnowBrains Podcasts interviews the most intelligent people in the snowsports industry and passes their fascinating knowledge onto you, our listeners. With our listeners, we explore skiing, snowboarding, snowsports, avalanches, technology, climate, COVID, snow science, medicine, nutrition, fitness, technique, and cutting edge adventure. The SnowBrains Podcast is hosted by professional freeskier, professional mountain guide, UC Berkeley Molecular Cell Biology graduate, and founder and CEO ...
 
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Utah Avalanche Center - Should We Use Avalanche Airbag Backpacks?, How To Stay Out of Avalanches, Updated "Know Before You Go" Episode #42 Brought to you by Alta Ski Area & Gunnison Crested Butte My guest today is the Utah Avalanche Center's Executive Director, Chad Brackelsberg: Chad joined the Utah Avalanche Center as Executive Director in July 2…
 
Spot Insurance - US Health Insurance Sucks, Medical Bills Are The #1 Cause of Bankruptcy in America, Spot Can Help Episode #43 Brought to you by Peak Skis & Scarpa Boots My guest today is Spot Insurance CEO Matt Randall The health insurance system we have in the USA today is broken and medical bills are the #1 cause of bankruptcy in America. I pers…
 
Kit DesLauriers - The 1st Person to Ski All of the "Seven Summits", National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2-Time Freeskiing Champion Episode #41 Brought to you by Gunnison Crested Butte & Alta Ski Area My guest today is Kit DesLauriers: Kit was the very first person to ski from each of the legendary Seven Summits - the highest peaks on every …
 
Where and when does a situation go bad? It's easy to think that an accident is the result of a single bad decision. But as Laura Maguire tells it, to understand an accident, which can be read as a failure of decision making, you really need to examine the systemic influences and the progression of choices that led up to that pivotal moment, because…
 
Connery Lundin - Naked on Cover of Powder Magazine, Freeskiing World Tour Champ, MSP & Warren Miller Ski Movie Star Episode #40 Brought to you by Ikon Pass & Valle Nevado, Chile My guest today is Connery Lundin: Connery is fully naked on the cover the 2nd to last ever Powder Magazine cover He was the overall champion of the Freeskiing World Tour in…
 
Jonny Moseley - Olympic Gold Medalist, Skiing Pioneer, Voice of Warren Miller, TV Personality Episode #39 Brought to you by Valle Nevado, Chile & Ikon Pass My guest today is Jonny Moseley: Jonny Grew up skiing at Squaw Valley/Palisades Tahoe, CA He made the US Ski Team at 18 years old in 1993 Jonny Won the Olympic gold medal in moguls in 1998 with …
 
H.A.P.E. & The Ghost of La Anciana - Mexican Ghost Stories From 18,000 Feet Episode #38 Brought to you by Valle Nevado, Chile This episode is going to be a little different: I'm going to tell you a ghost story. A ghost story from 18,000 feet up. A ghost story I first heard while evacuating a patient off a high volcano in Mexico. This story still gi…
 
Elyse Saugstad - Ski Movie Star, Freeride World Tour Champion, Skier of the Year, 3X Best Line of the Year, In ESPN's Top 50 Women in Action Sports Episode #37 Brought to you by Ikon Pass My guest today is Elyse Saugstad: Elyse won the Freeride World Tour in her 1st year on tour, in 2008 She won the Freeride World Tour's "Best Female Line of the Ye…
 
Scot Schmidt - The Original Freeskier Episode #36 Brought to you by Ikon Pass My guest today is the legendary Scot Schmidt: Scot was the very 1st professional freeskier in North America He created the genre and he did it with style Scot's intro into the ski industry was him dropping a 100' cliff at Squaw Valley Palisades Tahoe, California in the 19…
 
A lifetime ago, back in 1981, Brad Meiklejohn was ski-bumming and working at Alta when he witnessed a full-depth avalanche on High Rustler. It was mesmerizing, and it changed his path in life. He went on to study snow and avalanches on the East Coast, moved back out West and joined what was then known as the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center. His life…
 
Lel Tone - Alaska Heli-Ski Guide for 23-Years, Winner of National Geographics "Ultimate Survival Alaska", Ski Patroller for 28-Years, Avalanche Professional Episode #35 Brought to you by A Golden State & Killington My guest today is Lel Tone: Lel has been an Alaska heli-ski guide for 23-years She won the National Geographic Reality Show "Ultimate S…
 
Julian Carr - 210-Foot World Record Cliff Invert, Pro Freeskier, Discrete Founder, X-Games Gold Medalist, Cirque Series Founder Episode #34 Brought to you by Killington & A Golden State “Fear is very present. Fear’s a great thing, you should definitely listen to it most of the time. But I learned that just because something's scary, doesn't mean yo…
 
Park City Professional Ski Patrol - Battling Vail Resorts For a Living Wage Episode #33 Brought to you by A Golden State & Killington My guest today is Park City Professional Ski Patrol's business manager Patrick Murphy: Park City Pro Patrol has been battling Vail Resorts for a living wage and more for years They've been through 50 negotiating sess…
 
After five years of hosting the podcast, Drew Hardesty was curious about the mindset of the young guns just now cutting their teeth and testing themselves in very real, very consequential ski mountaineering terrain. Is the old guard wasting their time wagging their tongues and fingers about the dangers of backcountry travel while the youth just rol…
 
In the winter of 2002-03, 14 people were killed in a pair of large avalanches in British Columbia. Those horrific tragedies spurred Canada’s national parks agency to find ways to better insure public safety in the winter mountains. That’s where Grant Statham comes in. An accomplished mountain guide and avalanche forecaster, Grant led the developmen…
 
Eddie Taylor - Member of "Full Circle Everest" 1st All-Black Team to Attempt Summit of 29,000' Mt. Everest Episode #32 Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort & Scott Sports My guest today is Eddie Taylor: Eddie is a member of Full Circle Everest, the 1st all-black team to attempt to summit 29,000' Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth. There have …
 
Dr. Russ Costa PhD - Why People Do Dumb Shit in the Mountains!! Episode #31 Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort My guest today is Dr. Russ Costa: Dr. Russ Costa is a cognitive scientist, skier, and mountaineer who studies why people do dumb shit in the mountains! He's an expert on human attention and performance, he is interested in how distract…
 
Tom Day - Emmy Winning Cinematographer, 38 Years as Warren Miller Director/Filmer/Skier, "Blizzard of Aahhhs" Ski Movie Star, Smoothest Skier on Earth Episode #30 Brought to you by Grand Targhee Resort “[I made my dreams a reality] by following my heart. I can't think of another reason why it happened… Especially with skiing, I knew from a very you…
 
Doug Fish - The Genius Who Created The Indy Pass, The Fastest Growing Multi-Mountain Pass on Earth with Over 80 Ski Resorts Episode #29 Brought to you by Hakuba Valley Japan & Scott Sports “It’s our goal to increase awareness about how great it is to ski at these smaller resorts. You don’t need a big resort to have a great day, and you don’t need t…
 
It’s been said that culture eats training for breakfast. In other words, you can take all the classes, read all the books, develop a fool-proof checklist and a dialed-in system, but when the snow falls, and when a social animal enters a high-risk environment, all that education and preparation can go right out the window. AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide …
 
Tommy Moe - Olympic Gold Medal Ski Racer, Alaska Heli-Ski Guide, Co-Founder of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska Episode #28 Brought to you by Tamarack Resort & Alta Ski Area "The great thing about skiing that I really enjoy is just the fact that you're in control of everything that's happening. It's like you can turn your brain off and start maki…
 
Travis Ganong - Badass World Cup & Olympic Ski Racer, World-Class Freeskier Episode #27 Brought to you by Tamarack Resort & Alta Ski Area “The one simple thing that I do [to get into the right mindset before a race] is 10 seconds before I go, when I'm in the start gate, I always kind of hit the pause button and look out from the start… and I just g…
 
At first glance, financial advising and heli-skiing might not seem to have much if anything in common. But, think about it like this: Both take on clients who put a lot of money on the line, they put a lot of trust in their guides, and there are some heavy costs to getting it wrong. This time around we’re joined by Ronna Cohen, a financial adviser …
 
Dr. Ethan Greene - Why Did The USA Have The Most Avalanche Deaths in History Last Season? Episode #26 Brought to you by Tamarack Resort "It's early in the winter and I wish that everybody has a great rest of the season. Think about avalanches, but don't let them prevent you from going out into the backcountry; there's great recreation out there. Pi…
 
In the spring of 1971, Don Bachman walked into the mining town of Silverton, Colorado, with a mission, not quite from God, but from the federal government: Study avalanches in the San Juan Mountains. The Bureau of Reclamation had recently established a cloud-seeding program in the region, and it was Bachman’s job—as part of a veritable ‘Murderers R…
 
Ingrid Backstrom - Legendary Freeskier, Fierce Competitor, Game-Changer, Ski Movie Star Episode #25 Brought to you by Tamarack Resort & Alta Ski Area My guest today is Ingrid Backstrom. Ingrid is a legendary freeskier who made a huge impact on the ski industry and forever changed freeskiing. She started out dominating the North American freeskiing …
 
Scott Gaffney - Matchstick Productions Editor, Producer, Filmer, the G in Shane McConkey's G.N.A.R., Lake Tahoe Surfer, & Badass Freeskier Episode #24 Brought to you by Tamarack Resort & Alta Ski Area "You should not be doing things with the objective of making a social media post about it. Go do things for the experience, not because you get to ma…
 
Hello SnowBrains Podcast Fans, I'm your host, Miles Clark, with a quick Thanksgiving Week Update. We're taking this week off from the podcast, we'll be right back into again next week, and I wanted to give you a quick update on some of the amazing guests we have coming up this season Coming up on the podcast this season we have: Legendary Professio…
 
Todd Offenbacher - Comedian, Mountain Guide, Body Builder, Badass Rock Climber, TV Personality, Climbing Community Builder Episode #23 Brought to you by Tamarack Resort & Killington “I've done a lot of first ascents around the world, but it's at this point in my life, reflecting on that, I'd have to say [my greatest achievement is climbing is] a lo…
 
Bjarne Salen - Filmer of "The Fifty" w/ Cody Townsend, Hardcore Ski Mountaineer, Adventurer, Philosopher Episode #22 Brought to you by Alta & Scott Sports My guest today is Bjarne Salen. Bjarne is best known for his talents behind the camera filming The Fifty Project with Cody Townsend where Bjarne documents Cody climbing and skiing the 50 Classic …
 
Doug Stoup - More North & South Poles Than Anyone on Earth, Pro Soccer Player, Mountain Guide, Founder Ice Axe Expeditions Episode #21 Brought to you by Scott Sports & Alta My guest today is Doug Stoup. Doug has been to the north and south poles more than any other person on Earth. Doug has been to Antarctica 49 times. Doug has mountaineered all ov…
 
Daron Rahlves - 4 Time Olympian, King of Kitzbühel, and World Jet Ski Champion Episode #20 Brought to you by Ikon Pass "To me, downhill is number one. It is the most thrilling, most dangerous, highest speeds, and biggest air. My top speed recorded was 91mph. The fastest ever recorded was 100.6mph by a French guy." - Daron Rahlves on The SnowBrains …
 
Angela Hawse - President of the American Mountain Guide Association | Brought to you by Ikon Pass Episode #19 of The SnowBrains Podcast “I was one of the rescuers first on the scene to a guy who had fallen over 1000 feet. Off of Fitzroy. And he survived to tell the tale which is remarkable. But it took us three days with an international rescue eff…
 
Jeremy Jones - Legendary Big Mountain Snowboarder, Climate Change Activist, CEO/Founder of Jones Snowboards | Brought to you by Ikon Pass Episode #18 of The SnowBrains Podcast “I've got a lot going on, I'm running a business, I cant spend my time trying to win over haters. And so I do not look at comments on Instagram. Apologies to any thoughtful d…
 
Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. - COVID Vaccine: When Will Ski Resorts Go Back To Normal? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area Episode #17 of The SnowBrains Podcast Dr. Michael Fischman M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM is an occupational & environmental medicine physician and toxicologist. He serves as a consultant in these fields to large organizations such as Intel &…
 
Mark Staples - Director of the Utah Avalanche Center "27 Avalanche Deaths in Only 29-Days in the USA... Why Did the US Just See Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle of All-Time?" Episode #16 of The SnowBrains Podcast *** This is another podcast that's gonna a little different. The USA just went through its deadliest avalanche cycle in history with 27 aval…
 
On the morning of February 6, two different groups totaing eight people went to ski in the Wilson Glade area of Alexander Basin in Millcreek Canyon. Both groups were ascending when the avalanche happened. Six people were caught and fully buried. Two of them survived. Four did not. In this episode, we break down what happened in this tragic accident…
 
Dr. Ethan Greene - Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center "Why Did The USA Just Have Its Deadliest Avalanche Cycle in History?" Episode #15 of The SnowBrains Podcast *** This podcast is gonna a little different. The USA just went through its deadliest avalanche cycle in history with 16 avalanche fatalities in only 10-days from Januar…
 
Bode Miller - The Winningest American Male Ski Racer of All-Time | Brought to you by Sun Valley Resort On Fear: “I don't think I have a lot of fear. I think I'm very respectful of the mountains and understand the danger that's inherently there. The unpredictable nature of being in the mountains and snow conditions and I think I have a healthy dose …
 
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Scott McIntosh and Black Diamond's Andy Merriman to talk about, well first, good decision making, but then, in the event you get caught in an avalanche, how and why an airbag can potentially help you avoid the worst consequences. In particular, we're taking about BD's innovative JetForce Pro Avalanche Airbag. A…
 
Adrian Ballinger - Climbing Mt. Everest & K2 Without Supplemental Oxygen | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "I was heli-ski guiding in Alaska, and through a series of communications breakdowns between me my co-guide and my pilot, we ended up getting out of a helicopter my 6 clients me and a co-guide, and it turned out we were on top of a cornice. Th…
 
Jeff Hambleton works with avalanche professionals from around the world and across disciplines to build avalanche education tools and train the next generation. In this episode: connecting to your audience; culture-shift after the Valentine’s Day slide of ‘99 at Mt Baker and the Danny Woods avalanche of 2008; effecting deeper change through social …
 
Randall Osterhuber - Winter Survival Instructor, Search & Rescue Badass, Snow Scientist, Avalanche Forecaster, Mountain Guide - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area “He was almost naked…He had very little clothes on… Frozen to the snow surface… Right when we skied up I thought for sure this guy was dead, but he had a pulse, he had slight respiration… …
 
Cody Townsend - Star & Producer of The Fifty Project - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area “I shit my pants in a Helicopter Once… Just like trying to press a fart out way too hard and maybe had a little something bad to eat the night before We were forced to land the helicopter because the pilot got so pissed off.” - Cody Townsend “We almost got kill…
 
Chris Davenport - Legendary Freeskier, Ski Mountaineer, Mountain Guide - | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area “We decided we would go rally this [borrowed] Nissan Pathfinder around in the deep snow and just see what it was capable of, and we ended up upside down on the roof, we flipped it, crashed it, hit a telephone pole, everyone was ok, but we had …
 
Dr. Angela Dunn is the State Epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health. In this episode: messaging the problem as you're learning about it; public safety and risk guidelines; cascading risks; marketing problems; the risk/reward balancing act; the single overriding communications objective; effecting behavior change; sticky messaging; culture…
 
Sarah Carpenter is a co-owner of the American Avalanche Institute and a ski guide in the Tetons. In this episode: Giving backcountry users the keys to the castle; the evolution of avalanche education; snow science as equal parts science and voodoo magic; education vs air bag; checklists and systems for safety; sharing stories when you get it wrong;…
 
Marc Riddell, Director of Communications at Whistler Blackcomb | Whistler Blackcomb - Climate Change, The Future of Summer Skiing, COVID | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area "Climate change is real. Whistler Blackcomb has been proactive for decades to prepare for it. The Horstman T-bar, yeah, it's an iconic lift. We hadn't used it for 3-years. But it'…
 
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